Technolo Shree on YouTube has posted a nice video unboxing of the new Acer A1 Liquid, which recently became available in the UK.
The unboxing is of the white version, which we’re told is the only version available in the UK at this time.
Back in March we attended a very special event by Acer which introduced their intentions of entering the mobile phone market. Even at this event they were not adverse to Android and since then we’ve seen why. The Acer Lquid A1 has recently gone on sale through online retailers Expansys and Clove, selling at £339.99 ($556) and £328.99 ($538) respectively. The A1 is the first Android smartphone to be powered by the credible 1 GHz Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, although Acer have opted to under-clock this device, most likely in order to conserve battery power. After all, the battery is only 1,350mAh.
Aside from a new Android phone, [...]
Acer jumped head first into the smartphone market in 2009, releasing close to 10 handsets with only one, the A1 Liquid, running the Android OS. The A1’s status as Acer’s only Android handset in the midst of a a plethora of Windows Mobile handsets may soon change. According to Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer’s mobile phone division, Acer will be offering a “much more balanced” portfolio in 2010, citing the momentum behind Android as the reason for this shift away from Windows Mobile. Doing the math, we can expect to see an additional 4-5 Acer-branded Android handsets in the upcoming year.
Not too long ago we brought you the news that Acer will soon be offering the A1 Liquid Android phone with WVGA display. What we didn’t say was availability deadlines or pricing schemes. Well it would now appear as though our favorite source for prices and release details, eXpansys, are listing said device as €379.99 (~$570). Furthermore, the website shows the device as available Saturday 28th November, a little over one month away. Here is what eXpansys had to say about the device:
The Acer Liquid ™ is a processor and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon ™ 1.6 high definition Android smartphone, combining cutting-edge technologies, software [...]
Today Acer formally launched its new “Liquid” line of Android powered smartphones. Though the press release, found after the jump, fails to mention the new phone by name, we have every reason to believe that this is the A1 we’ve seen before, due to its specs.
As to those specs, we know the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, and HSPA 3G data. We also know that it runs Android 1.6 (Donut), which has added support for new screen resolutions. The company also mentions integration of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Picasa, and Flickr into the contacts [...]
Back in March we attended a UK Press Launch for Acer’s up-coming smartphone range. At the time it seemed to focus a lot on Windows Mobile, and this was justified because Acer believed there to be a good level of synchronisation between Windows computer and Windows mobile devices. This is clearly a priority for them. However, during the event I asked some probing questions into the likelihood of Android on an Acer device, and the responses were both agreeable and enlightened. Acer were not too cagey about the matter and since then we’ve reported on how the Philippines based Business Mirror believes that Acer plans to release an Android powered [...]
As the title would suggest, there are a couple of interesting applications that will make their way to Android in the coming months. First to receive a mention is eReader, a Barnes & Noble Company. eReader is effectively the world’s largest eBook store, even if they say so themselves. It offers a huge range of eBooks for your iPhone, Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone, Palm Treo and Centro or any Symbian mobile phone. Soon to make it onto that short list will be any Android device. We can expect to see eReader for Android popping up later on this summer, and although the feature list wont be complete right away, we can expect it to deal with ePub, Fictionwise’s DRM and non [...]
According to Digitimes, Acer chairman JT Wang has said that Acer’s upcoming Android powered netbook computers will actually ship with both Android and Windows pre-loaded in a dual-boot configuration.
To me, that seems to imply that they aren’t going to put as much effort into tweaking Android for netbooks as they could. At least not right away. The company appears to be hedging its bets, and in doing so it gives up the US$25 or $30 savings it could have gained by not loading a Microsoft OS.
This is a bit of a let-down. The company could have offered Android netbooks for a fair percentage cheaper than Windows [...]
In a bit of an unexpected turn of events, Acer announced that it will start offering Android based netbooks in Q3 of this year – before it gets Android based smartphones out the door.
Acer’s Jim Wong was quoted by Reuters as saying the following at the Computex show in Taiwan:
“Today’s netbooks are not close to perfection at all. In two years, it will all be very different. If we do not continue to change our mobile Internet devices, consumers may not choose then any more.”
Few details were provided other than the Q3 time frame and the fact that the netbooks will be running Intel’s Atom processor, though Wang did say that [...]
Today Acer issued a press release announcing that it has officially joined the Open Handset Alliance. The OHA is the organization founded by Google and others that supports the Linux based Android smartphone operating system.
Acer also said in the announcement that it expects to launch Android based devices in the fourth quarter of this year. The full press release is available after the jump.